Japan Airlines (JAL) has decided to offer complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi to passengers on its domestic routes.
The national carrier first introduced Wi-Fi as a paid service in July 2014, in partnership with service provider Gogo. But from now on, in-flight internet will be provided free-of-charge on domestic routes operated by JAL and its Okinawa-based subsidiary Japan Transocean Air (JTA), on all aircraft equipped with the service.
Passengers on applicable flights will be able to use their own electronic devices and click a “Free Flight Pass” icon at the top of JAL’s landing page. They will then be able to surf the internet throughout the flight, except during take-off and landing.
Free in-flight Wi-Fi remains a rarity, with the majority of airlines still choosing to charge for the service.
Speaking to Travel Daily recently, Inmarsat’s vice president for Asia Pacific, Otto Gergye, said he expects that airlines will increasingly use Wi-Fi as a optional ancillary product, to be bundled into fare packages.